Alabama freshman WR Devonta Smith seals national title with game-winning catch

Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa

Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa

Alabama head coach Nick Saban said the lack of success on the ground prompted him to insert the former five-star recruit and see what he could create through the air.

Georgia freshman quarterback Jake Fromm, who should be involved in more duels with Tagovailoa in the future, launched a lovely pass into the arms of wide receiver Mecole Hardman for an 80-yard score.

Tua Tagovailoa became a household name, as the freshman quarterback's second-half performance was the sparkplug that the Alabama offense needed. The Crimson Tide, who reached the playoff despite not making it to the SEC championship game, defeated No. 1 Clemson 24-6 in the Sugar Bowl semifinal, avenging the Crimson Tide's loss to the Tigers in last year's national championship game.

One thing is for sure, spring ball in Alabama will be interesting as Tagovailoa's play also sparked a quarterback controversy. Overtime started out with Georgia getting on the board first with a field goal before a handsome pass from Tua Tagovailoa ended things with one final touchdown.

The quarterback carousel will certainly make for an interesting decision for Saban entering spring practice. Sure, it ended with literally the most boring outcome possible - Alabama won a national title, water is wet, the sun will explode some day - but even that was fun as heck. On that play, Tagovailoa looked the safety off the route and threw a flawless pass to Smith down the left sideline. The Crimson Tide struggled to get this going in the first half. "That's something we have to build on in this year's recruiting and continue to build on because we're going to lose a lot of good players who are seniors, probably have several players go out for the draft". After all, he had never played in a game at this level when his team wasn't leading comfortably.

"It's just a great opportunity to be here". I'm so happy for him and so happy for this team.

After a scoreless first half, Alabama tied Georgia at 20 with less than four minutes left in the fourth quarter. His coaching staff is filled with teachers who know how to get through to the best players and inspire their best efforts. Griswold and fellow cadet Benjamin Klein escorted the president to the Mercedes-Benz Stadium field in Atlanta before the national anthem.

Nick Saban has won five championships with the Tide, but none of those teams had a QB that was this precocious, this young. With 7 seconds before the end of the second quarter after a 1-yard touchdown run by Mecole Hardman.

Spearheading a 26-23 comeback in overtime to give Alabama a national championship, Tagovailoa shocked the college football world.

Running back Sony Michel set up the first score of the game, a 41-yard field goal by kicker Rodrigo Blankenship, with a 26-yard run in which he tiptoed down the right sideline. And I told him I would get em one for us, and now I got two.

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